Islander News Articles 9/30

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/29/2008 05:51:00 PM | | | | |
Newsday: Mr Logan's blog update has general manager Garth Snow's comments on why he acquired Thomas Pock with a little information on the injuries to Chris Campoli and Andy Sutton that could put them out for the season opener. Jeff Tambellini comments on his injuries as he practiced.

Mr Logan also reported Ben Walter, Mike Iggulden and defenseman Joe Callahan all cleared waivers and were assigned to Bridgeport. Bill Guerin, Doug Weight, Richard Park and Sean Bergenheim, all left the ice early today in practice as a precaution and are doubtful for Wednesday's game against New Jersey.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm going to add all news updates here heading into Tuesday to cut down on blog entries, just keep checking back.

I'm starting to understand why media/public seem more than a bit frustrated with the injury policy. Just creates more unnecessary work to speculate/explain what's going on/not going on, meanwhile we have players and the gm giving hints to what it's not which is just a waste of every one's time.

It's September, not playoff games, just tell everyone what's wrong to make less work for the media.

As for Andy Sutton all anyone had to do was look at his games played resume to know he is unlikely to play eighty two games.

Newsday: Neil Best reports Deb Placey is out covering Islander hockey for Msg, NY while C.J Papa of TV-55 will take that spot on the telecast.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
If allowed the time on the air Mr Papa will do a fine job. The seats at Msg's spindoctor show at 10pm (showing Liberty, Knicks and Rangers over baseball)
has a lot of competition for the two seats with all the recent hires and my guess is if Deb Placey wanted to keep her long-time spot going back well over a decade she has to work when/where Cablevision tells her to work.

Any idea she was ever employeed by the Islanders would not be correct on anyone's part, same for Mr Jaffe and Howie Rose. Pierre Lebrun and former Tampa gm Jay Feaster preview the Islanders with goaltender Rick DiPietro's comments about how competitive the club was in the Atlantic a year ago and was surprised a coaching change was made while Mr Feaster credited Garth Snow for not hiring a friend in Bob Hartley but someone who shared his philosophy even if both felt the Islanders have an uphill climb.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
My instincts on Mr LeBrun being a very good hire for Espn were right on the money because if Mr Burnside or Teri Frei wrote this we would be reading about the goalies contract or Mr Wang firing Neil Smith or Roberto Luongo, not what the on ice product looked like last season or how competitive they were in the East.

About time someone had a quote from DiPietro or anyone about how well this club played within it's own division last season. They opened 9-0 combined against the Rangers and Devils and won both season series.

Mr Feaster did a solid job here too writing about the young players baptism by fire and not from someone doing the shock jock routine but from someone who sat in an NHL general managers office and knows player ability.

Very good job across the board.

Chicago Sun-Times/Several sources: Report goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and his 6.75 million contract has been placed on waivers by the Chicago Black Hawks.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
In a word, NO.

I would prefer Danis and MacDonald to Khabibulin and would contact Dubie in Russia before taking that contract.

Windsor Star: Jim Parker has comments from Islanders assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski and Spitfire coach Bob Boughner who feels Islander first round pick Josh Bailey will stay with New York the entire preseason and perhaps some early season games with the NHL club. Mr Jankowski insist there is no plan and that it's up to the player while admitting he would be going back to a good situation in Windsor with general manager Warren Rychel's comments who is monitoring Bailey and in contact with the player and his agent in Pat Morris.

9/30 AM Update:
Newsday: Greg Logan an interview with head coach Scott Gordon on the injuries and if the changes from Ted Nolan's practice routine to more intense workouts has caused a lot of injury problems for the returning players which will likely sideline Campoli and Sutton well past the season opener which contributed to the club claiming Thomas Pock.

NY Post: Dan Martin's limited space article has Scott Gordon's comments on the difference in training along with Mike Comrie on how the up tempo skating suits him while Bill Guerin felt this structure is better for today's game in comparing Gordon to Ted Nolan.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article is on defenseman Andrew MacDonald which includes comments from head coach Jack Capuano as the roster depth on defense is looked at and how Tomas Pock added by Garth Snow could change things.

For those curious the NY Sun is closing it's doors after six years, it's links have been removed from the blog.

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